Waco Museums & History

Waco Museums & HistoryCentral Texas is packed with so much history, and that fact is validated by the amount of museums in the area. All of these facilities do a great job of documenting their various historic perspectives. These museums offer a look at everything from prehistoric mammoths to the formulation of one of the world's most-loved soft drinks. Chances are, if it happened here, its story is alive and well in one of these museums.

Art Center of Waco
Creativity is the key to the Art Center of Waco's mission. That not only means exhibiting the latest works from established and upcoming artists, but is also includes inviting everyone who visits to express themselves in their medium of choice. That, in turn, becomes part of the museum's ever-growing tapestry of work. Art classes for children and adults are always scheduled, and special interactive exhibits and seasonal presentations are available throughout the year. So whenever inspiration strikes, the Art Center of Waco is ready to help you capture your creation and, if you like, share it with everyone who walks through their doors.

Address: 1300 College Drive, Waco, TX 76708 - MAP
Phone: (254) 752-4371
Web: www.artcenterwaco.org

Dr. Pepper Museum
Everyone is familiar with Dr. Pepper. The fact that the soft drink achieved worldwide fame and favor is widely known, but the story of its origin and Waco's place in that story isn't as universal as the soda's unique taste. Waco's Dr. Pepper Museum sets the record straight as it tells the story of this piece of American history in a fun and entertaining way. Find out how a young pharmacist named Charles Alderton came to concoct a carbonated confection that would continue to satisfy thirsts even today. Also, in addition to interactive exhibits, there is a vast collection of vintage posters, artifacts and other memorabilia that Peppers everywhere will love almost as much as they love the drink itself.

Address: 300 South Fifth Street, Waco, TX 76701 - MAP
Phone: (254) 757-1025
Web: www.drpeppermuseum.com

Earle Harrison House and Pape Gardens
A piece of America's Civil War history is still very much alive at the Earle Harrison House and Pape Gardens. Here, visitors can visit the only restored antebellum house in Waco that was built by Dr. and Mrs. Baylis Wood Earle, whose brother was a Confederate general. The home has been meticulously recreated and includes fascinating and rare Victorian furniture and artifacts. And once you've taken in the house's inner beauty, enjoy a leisurely walk through the home's adjacent Pape Gardens.

Address: 1901 North 5th Street, Waco, TX 76708 - MAP
Phone: (254) 753-2032
Web: www.earleharrison.com

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
The Texas Rangers have a Texas-sized reputation for being guardians of justice, defenders of freedom and protectors of those in need. That tradition dates back to the very first men who called themselves Rangers to the ones who serve us today. Many of the stories of those individuals are preserved in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, a place that pays homage to the bravery and dedication of these very special men. Rare artifacts, photos and documents help tell the story that will enthrall the whole family. Plus, there's a group called the Junior Rangers for kids, a Lone Ranger Collection that you'll definitely want to see, as well as a vivid collection of themed-artwork that pays homage to the Rangers and their legacy.

Address: I-35, Exit 335-B, Waco, TX - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-8629
Web: www.texasranger.org

Mayborn Museum at Baylor University
The Mayborn Museum at Baylor University clearly believes in interaction. Their interactive exhibits are doubtlessly the starting points for many young imaginations to learn about cultures that have made significant contributions to the world's history. One example is the Lost Egypt Ancient Secrets Modern Science exhibit that allows kids to step back in time and live like an Egyptian. It's exhibits like this as well as a highly knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art facility that make the Mayborn Museum a consistent and compelling learning experience for the whole family.

Address: 1311 South 5th Street, Waco, TX 76798 - MAP
Phone: (800) BAYLOR-U
Web: www.baylor.edu

Red Men Museum and Library
The role Texas has played in American history is dramatically presented at the Red Men Museum and Library. This is where the national office is located, and the library is inside the same facility. Artifacts from various points in American history are gathered here, like Aaron Burr's writing desk, a ring that used to belong to Rudolph Valentino, and a bugle that was used on the field at Gettysburg. Reference materials, archival documents and other items are all housed here, and this museum presents history from an unmistakable Native American perspective.

Address: 4521 Speight Ave., Waco, TX 76711 - MAP
Phone: (254) 756-1221
Web: www.redmen.org